Its name is derived from an Interior Salish word and means "place of water." The name is also applied to a group of Interior SALISH whose territory included the lake's valley. Today they live in 5 INDIAN RESERVES around the lake.
David Stuart of the PACIFIC FUR COMPANY opened the area up to the FUR TRADE in 1811. Missionaries, gold seekers and ranchers followed. Forestry and mining are important industries, but it is the lake's fertile terraces and warm climate for which it is known. There are 3 major population centres located along the lake's shores: VERNON at its north end, KELOWNA at its mid-point and PENTICTON at its south end. The lake is also thought to be the home of the creature OGOPOGO.
Author GAIL KUDELIK
Links to Other Sites
Information page about Ellison Park in British Columbia. A Government of British Columbia website.
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